Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
Voluntary Sector Funding
Question 314: To ask the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the number and budget of voluntary bodies that his Department and agencies under the aegis of his Department provide with funding for youth and sporting facilities [7561/09]
As the Deputy will be aware, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has responsibility for a range of schemes which provide assistance, including financial assistance, to the youth work sector. The Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism has responsibility in relation to the provision of financial assistance in relation to sporting facilities. I should also inform the Deputy that responsibility for the Young People's Facilities and Services Fund transferred from my Department to the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs on 1st January 2009.
My Department provides a range of supports to community and voluntary organisations to enable them to enhance the quality of life of every member of their local area and to make full use of the facilities they have available to them. Under the RAPID Leverage Scheme operated by my Department top-up funding of €2.9m. was allocated to projects that are in or that serve RAPID areas under the Sports Capital Programme 2008. In addition 15% of the €7.5m available under the RAPID additionality measure under Dormant Accounts is allocated to sports and youth related activities. Údarás na Gaeltachta provides annual funding of €300,000 to Óige na Gaeltachta Teo. to support youth activities throughout the Gaeltacht.
In general, other programmes and schemes operated by my Department do not provide specific budgets for youth are not provided for this purpose. However Organisations working for young people may benefit from a number of wider programmes such as:
the Programme of Supports for Locally Based Community and Voluntary Organisations,
the LEADER programme delivered by integrated LEADER/Partnership companies,
the Local Development Social Inclusion Programme delivered by integrated LEADER/partnership companies,
Community Development Programme delivered by community development projects,
Gaeltacht and Islands Grant Schemes,
local drugs task force funding,
Western Investment Fund operated by the Western Development Commission,
More detailed information in relation to these schemes and programmes can be found on my Department's website, www.pobail.ie.